The Melbourne Vixens will face arch-rivals the NSW Swifts in the ANZ Championship Australian Conference Elimination Final on Sunday at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.
The 2014 Premiers have hit their stride as the ANZ Championship season has progressed, and will be looking to continue their recent form into the do-or-die match.
“I think the last game [against the Pulse] was like a first final because it was a must-win,” said Captain Madi Robinson on the Vixen’s 13-goal defeat of the Pulse in Wellington on Monday night, which propelled them into finals contention.
“It puts us in a really good place. We believe we can win the title – we have all the belief, we have got all the talent, now we just need to put it into action.”
Robinson has had a standout season and most will likely match-up against Silver Ferns great, Laura Langman on Sunday. Robinson, arguably the best Wing Attack in the world, will find a fierce competitor in Langman who is a key play-maker for the Swifts and will leave no ball uncontested.
NSW Swifts’ game plan in attack revolves around moving the ball quickly and with pace, and is usually orchestrated by Captain Kim Green.
Set to play her 50th ANZ Championship game in the Elimination Final, Vixens Wing Defence Kate Moloney will be looking to stop Green’s influence.
Game-defining match-ups will also take place at both ends of the court.
Geva Mentor will be looking to keep Swifts shooter Caitlin Thwaites to under 30 goals, which will statistically give the Vixens the best chance of winning. While at the other end, the Vixens shooting circle will be working hard to stop defender Sharni Layton’s dominance.
Layton leads the league in deflections, so Robinson and Vixens Centre Liz Watson will need to put quality ball into the circle to keep Layton out of the action.
The Swifts and Vixens have never previously met in an ANZ Championship finals match despite both having played in five previous finals campaigns.
Last competitive meeting: Round 7, 2016: Swifts 59 def Vixens 51 (Melbourne)
The Elimination Final will only be shown on Fox Sports 4 (Australia) and SKY Sport (New Zealand). This is due to the current broadcast contract. Network Ten will air the Australian Conference Elimination Final at 8am on Monday in all states.
Australian-based fans can watch the Elimination Final live through the Netball Live App by subscribing.
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